Castle in the Sky (1986)

PG   |    |  Animation, Adventure, Drama


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A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

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Director:

Hayao Miyazaki

Writer:

Hayao Miyazaki

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24 July 2000 | Dark Eye
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Hayao Miyazaki has no equal when it comes to using hand-drawn animation as a form of storytelling, yet often he is being compared to Walt Disney. That is just so unfair, because it becomes apparent by watching Miyazaki's films that he is the superior artist. He really has a gift of thrilling both grownups and children, and Laputa is indeed one awesome ride.

But where can I begin to describe a movie so magical and breathtaking! Miyazaki's works have never cease to amaze me. Laputa is an adventure of a grand scale and I wonder how a film can be so packed with details and imagination. Ask yourself this question: if you are a kid dreaming of an adventure so grand in scope and so magical, what would it be like? The answer would be to strap yourself in some seat and watch Laputa, because it's truly a childhood fantasy come true. Every minute of the movie is rich and engrossing ... from the train chase to the amazing air-flying sequences... and to the wonderous sight of the floating castle itself. Not to mention the excellent score by Joe Hisaishi! Everything you ever possibly want from an adventure movie is here.

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Trivia

First film from Studio Ghibli since the opening of the studio in summer of 1985


Quotes

Charles: Sheeta, can you make pudding? I *love* pudding!
Louis: I get to lick the spatula!
Henri: And I like chocolate cake with that... Oh, what's that frosting? It's kinda pink and swirly with...
Dola: Will you shut up?
Dola: Ah, what can I tell ya? They just really like dessert.


Goofs

When Pazu sets off with Dola and her sons to rescue Sheeta from Muska and the army, he is wearing goggles that he had put on moments earlier. When they take off on their Flaptors, one moment the goggles are above Pazu's eyes, then a bit later on, as they rise into the air, they are covering his eyes, only to be back above his eyes again a bit later.


Crazy Credits

The end credits show the remains of the castle Laputa floating on Earth's orbit.


Alternate Versions

An earlier dub was commissioned by Tokuma (and quickly produced by an unknown studio in 1989) and was given a brief US theatrical run by Streamline Pictures. This earlier version was only voice-dubbed leaving all of the music and sound-effects in their original state. However, it also omitted the reference to "Gulliver's Travels". Reportedly, Carl Macek was disappointed with how this early dub turned out. The only official release this older dub has seen was on the Japanese Region 2 DVD (because at the time, Disney's dub was not yet ready to be released on DVD).


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Kimi wo Nosete (Carrying You)
Written by
Hayao Miyazaki
Performed by Azumi Inoue

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Animation | Adventure | Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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